2019 Arizona Cardinals Team Outlook
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Arizona Offense Outlook
2018 was a disaster in all areas on offense. They ran the ball 41.8 percent of the time with no value in any Fantasy format passing the ball. The change of QB should lead to more excitement offensively this year.
QB Kyler Murray, ARI - Gamble (high risk)
Update 12/21/19With a string of three straight starts at home, Murray came up short in each outing (15.95, 14.90, and 19.55 FPPG). He slipped to 7th in QB scoring (21.60 FPPG) in four-point TD leagues. Murray played well twice in 2019 over a pair of two-game stretches (27.95/32.20 and 31.00/28.20 Fantasy points). In Week 4 at home vs. Seattle, he gained 268 combined yards with one rushing TD. The Seahawks are 19th in the league defending the QB position (21.29 FPPG). No QB scored over 26.90 Fantasy points vs. Seattle. They allow 7.2 yards per pass attempt with 18 TDs (no games with more than two TDs allowed). Wrong kind of swing based on Murray’s recent path.
RB Kenyan Drake, ARI - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 12/29/19Over the previous two weeks, Drake turned into a beast. He gained 330 combined yards with six TDs and four catches on 50 touches. His success in Arizona over seven games (731 combined yards with seven TDs and 25 catches) pushed him 16th RB scoring (13.19 FPPG) in PPR leagues. Drake also shined in Week 9 (162 combined yards with a TD and four catches). In Week 13, he gained 51 combined yards with two catches on 15 touches vs. the Rams. Los Angeles sits 15th in RB defense (23.77 FPPG) with failure in two games (49.00 and 53.30 FPPG). They allow 4.1 yards per rush with RBs scoring 16 TDs. Tempting for sure, but Drake did get banged up a couple of times in Week 16 plus his matchup isn’t ideal. Overpriced for me.
RB Chase Edmonds, ARI - Fantasy Handcuff
Update 10/26/19The Cardinals pulled the goalie with David Johnson after three snaps and one carry for two yards in Week 7, setting up and under the radar monster day for Edmonds. He gained 150 combined yards with three TDs and two catches on 29 touches. The early signs point to another start next week. The Saints regained their stout RB status over the previous five games (17.44 FPPG), pushing them to fourth in RB defense. RBs gain 4.2 yards per rush with three TDs. The Cardinals’ RBs have been active over the last month, but this looks to be a low upside matchup.
RB David Johnson, HOU - Stud (low risk)
Update 12/14/19Johnson has been just about DOA in the Fantasy market since Week 6, but he did show a spark vs. the Steelers (53 combined yards with a TD and two catches on five touches). The Cardinals had him on the field for 37 percent of the RB snaps. Before Week 14, he gained only 36 yards with three catches on 13 touches in four games. A viable flier with a matchup that may lead to 20-plus Fantasy points if he gets the hot hand early.
RB T.J. Logan, TB - Not Draft Worthy
Over four seasons at North Carolina, Logan rushed for 2,165 yards on 398 carries with 19 rushing TDs plus 76 catches for 663 yards and four more TDs. T.J. never had a season where he was the lead back in college. He runs with a home run gear, which will offer value in the return games or as a change of pace option. Logan plays well in the passing game with a higher enough skill set to pass protect. He returned five kickoffs in 77 chances with the Tar Heels. T.J. missed all of 2017 with a wrist injury while barely touching the ball last season (49 combined yards with seven catches and nine touches).Injury Status: Injured Reserve
WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI - Quality Backup
Update 11/30/19After three small games (1/12, 2/8, and 4/38), Fitzgerald flashed in Week 10 (8/71) while adding his third TD in Week 11 (5/37/1). His best value came over the first three games (8/113/1, 5/105, and 5/36/1). After ten games, he has 55 catches for 593 yards and three TDs on 76 targets. CB Nickell Robey-Coleman minimizes the damage in yards allowed and TDs. Trending in a boring direction with a below-par WR/CB matchup.